Chris Hardwick is going to be able to go to bed a little earlier now as he, Comedy Central and Funny or Die have mutually agreed to bring the nightly social media driven comedy show @midnight to an end. Deadline is reporting that the series that is about to reach 600 episodes and has been on the air before the network lost both Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart will wrap things up on Friday August 4th, episode number 600.
The show was a consistent rating performer for the network and was moved up a half hour each time they needed to fill in for a departing show like the Colbert Report and when the Nightly Show was cancelled. The show successfully highlighted comedians like Kyle Kinane, Ron Funches, Steve Agee, Nikki Glazer and more. They also featured Milana Vayntrub from the AT&T commercials who has now signed on to be Squirrel Girl in the New Warriors series.
Hardwick said in a statement:
@midnight has meant the world to me these last four years. It has been a dream to come to work 600 times to make inappropriate jokes about the Internet with my fellow comedian friends. I could not be more proud of this show, staff and crew and at the end of the day, I think we accomplished everything we wanted to accomplish. Spiritually it just feels like it ran its course — I'm not sure we had many more hashtag games in us (which may actually be a relief to anyone whose Twitter feed gets overrun every night). I owe such a huge debt of gratitude to Comedy Central and Kent for taking a chance on the show, always being great partners and allowing us to exit mutually, which is rarely a gift you are given in this business. I will certainly miss awarding POINTS! to people nightly, so please understand if you see me randomly shouting it at strangers in public after August 4th.
The are no immediate plans to make a new series to for the midnight slot on the network, but it's possible that with Jordan Klepper getting the 11:30 slot, if the President Show gets renewed it could move to midnight.